A Linguistic 'Time Capsule' for the Google Generation: The Diachronic Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English

Lead Research Organisation: Newcastle University
Department Name: School of English Literature,Language an

Abstract

The increasingly widespread use of Information Technology (IT) in most spheres of human activity since the mid-20th century has facilitated & continues to generate digital electronic natural language text/audio/graphics on a huge scale. Arts & Humanities (A&H) research has benefitted from this in that the volume of such materials available for study has greatly increased. Moreover, other fields like Statistics, Information Retrieval & Data Mining have provided computational tools for analysis/interpretation of data abstracted from these A&H resources. A major aspect of the impact of IT & allied subject areas on A&H research has been the creation of discipline-specific collections via digitisation of legacy materials or synthesis of these with new ones. After several decades' activity, the volume of such collections both in the UK & worldwide is both very large & showing no sign of receding.
As the number of domain-specific collections has grown, a variety of conceptual/technical issues having to do with the preservation/re-use of such resources have arisen.

The AHRC's DEDEFI call focuses on two of them:
(i) Given that such collections are typically generated in academic environments for academic use & resourced by public funding bodies, how can one ensure their longevity so that the financial/human investment in them is not wasted, i.e. how can they be made sustainable?
(ii) How can the potential of the collections be extended beyond HE to schools/museums & to the general public, that is, how can they achieve even greater social impact?

The present application addresses these two issues with respect to an existing AHRC-funded collection, the 'Newcastle Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English' (NECTE) (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/necte). NECTE amalgamated two legacy databases of Tyneside English, the 'Tyneside Linguistic Survey' & the 'Phonological Variation & Change in Contemporary Spoken English' project, into a single resource. This process conformed to global standards for the documentation/digitisation of such data & was undertaken using the latest IT technology available. NECTE was intended primarily as a resource for academic linguistic/socio-historical research. Since its publication on the Web in 2005, it has been extensively used both by its creators & by other researchers for that purpose.

This proposal aims to develop NECTE in ways that enhance both its sustainability and impact. In overview, the objective is to augment the corpus content in several respects & to create a new website that supersedes the existing one & makes the content more accessible to academic/non-academic users in ways appropriate to these respective communities. The augmentation comprises updating to the current global documentation standards, linking the corpus with recently collected/digitised Tyneside speech (2007-2009) as well as digitized photographic materials from collections at Beamish (http://www.beamishcollections.com/rrc/photo.asp), the Northern Region Film & TV Archive (http://www.nrfta.org.uk/) & Tyne & Wear Museums & Archives (http://www.tyneandweararchives.org.uk/).
For academic users, the new website offers download facilities & documentation that are essentially identical to those of the existing NECTE website, though the latter would be updated to reflect new standards & the changes to the content already described. For non-academic users (especially those in the educational/museum sectors), the website offers topic-based browsing of the resource such that, selecting different menus will present the user with linked audio/text/photographic data. By doing so, we will meet the challenge of preserving/enhancing the value of the Linguistic 'Time Capsule' that is NECTE by using state-of-the-art technologies to accommodate the quite distinctive web searching behaviours & demands of the 'Google Generation' (Kuiper et al. 2008;Nicholas & Rowlands 2008).

Planned Impact

The proposal impacts on the UK's society & economy by 'enhancing quality of life & creative output', & more specifically by (i) 'providing innovative content & support for the creative and cultural industries, working in partnership with museums, galleries, and other cultural organisations', and (ii) by engagement with school curricula. The aim is to promote community cohesion/social inclusion by fostering awareness of shared history and of cultural/linguistic identity in the Tyneside area.

(I) WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS RESEARCH?
DECTE is designed to impact upon:
-Academics involved in the project, their students & the linguistics research community more generally (academic benefits are explicitly described in the relevant section of Je-S).
-Primary/Secondary/FE educators & students.
-The museum/cultural heritage sectors & the general public.

(II) HOW WILL THEY BENEFIT FROM THIS RESEARCH?
2.1 The DECTE team/Advisory Board & the linguistics research community more generally:
-The DECTE team and Advisory Board gain by: (i) forging links between non-academic & academic constituencies; (ii) expanding their experience of/acquiring skills in KT/CPD & (iii) by ensuring sustainability of a corpus to which two of the collaborators have already devoted considerable research effort, yielding them international reputations in corpus linguistics.
-Netskills enhances its existing experience of & reputation in the provision of Web-based training materials for the Museums, Libraries & Archives, and Schools sectors.
-The academic community gains an enhanced corpus for research.

2.2 Primary/Secondary/FE educators & students:
Students/teachers gain access to an IT resource designed for use across the primary/secondary curriculum, providing:
-Familiarity with & provision of teaching materials related to local linguistic/cultural heritage.
-Awareness of the link between the historical development of the North East & its distinctive dialect.
-CPD opportunities in English Language for teachers without formal qualifications in the subject.

2.3 The museum/cultural heritage sectors & the general public:
The museum & cultural heritage industries gain access to a resource configurable for a variety of exhibition formats relating to Tyneside history, language & culture. Because the general public is the primary consumer of such exhibitions, the visitor experience will be enhanced.

(III) ENSURING BENEFITS FROM THIS RESEARCH:
Benefits are ensured by the ethical conduct of the project & implementation of copyright/IPR agreements between the project team, consultants & collaborating partners with respect to corpus/website creation & access. Additionally, the following communication & engagement plans are proposed as timetabled:

-Teachers in secondary education
The A-level conferences we have run successfully for the last 2 years have provided a forum for exchange between teachers at secondary & tertiary levels. The next conference in March 2010 will consult teachers on our plans for DECTE & pilot ideas for a related CPD workshop in December 2010. We will use our mailing list of 148 schools across the country, our blog & relevant 3rd-party websites to (i) disseminate information about & invite feedback on DECTE & (ii) advertise the CPD workshop & curriculum materials.

-Students in secondary education
Using the above contacts, we will run workshops & conferences on DECTE, targeting a variety of learner groups. These activities are planned at strategic intervals to gain feedback on DECTE as a learning resource.

-Museum & cultural heritage sectors & the general public
Events involving DECTE are planned in conjunction with local museums & cultural groups: Newcastle Discovery, Beamish, Tyne and Wear Museums & Archives. DECTE will be launched at a Newcastle University public lecture & the project website blog will follow t
 
Description The increasingly widespread use of Information Technology (IT) in most spheres of human activity since the mid-20th century has facilitated & continues to generate digital electronic natural language text/audio/graphics on a huge scale. Arts & Humanities (A&H) research has benefitted from this in that the volume of such materials available for study has greatly increased. Moreover, other fields like Statistics, Information Retrieval & Data Mining have provided computational tools for analysis/

interpretation of data abstracted from these A&H resources. A major aspect of the impact of IT & allied subject areas on A&H research has been the creation of discipline-specific collections via digitization of legacy materials or synthesis of these with new ones.



As the number of domain-specific collections has grown, a variety of conceptual/technical issues having to do with the preservation/re-use of such resources have arisen. The AHRC's DEDEFI call focused on two of them: (i) Given that such collections are typically generated in academic environments for academic use & resourced by public funding bodies, how can one ensure their sustainability? (ii) How can they achieve even greater social impact?



"A Linguistic 'Time-Capsule' for the Google Generation: The Diachronic Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English" (DECTE) project addressed these two issues with respect to an existing AHRC-funded collection, the "Newcastle Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English" (NECTE) (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/necte). NECTE amalgamated two legacy databases of Tyneside English and this process conformed to global standards for the documentation/digitisation of such data & was undertaken using the latest IT technology available. NECTE was intended primarily as a resource for academic linguistic/socio-historical research. Since its publication on the Web in 2005, it has been extensively used both by its creators & by other researchers for that purpose.



The DECTE initiative (2010-2012) developed these resources in ways that enhanced both their sustainability and impact. In overview, the objective was to augment the corpus content in several respects & to create a new website that superseded the existing one & made the content more accessible to academic/non-academic users in ways appropriate to these respective communities. The augmentation comprised updating to the current global documentation standards, linking the corpus with recently collected/digitized Tyneside speech (2007-2009) as well as digitized photographic materials from collections at Beamish (http://www.beamishcollections.com/rrc/photo.asp) and the Northern Region Film & TV Archive (http://www.nrfta.org.uk/).
Exploitation Route For non-academic users (especially those in the educational/museum sectors), we have created another website called "Talk of the Toon" (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/decte/toon) which offers topic-based browsing of the resource such that, selecting different menus presents the user with linked audio/text/still and moving image data. By doing so, we have met the challenge of preserving/enhancing the value of the Linguistic 'Time Capsule' that is DECTE by using state-of-the-art technologies to accommodate the quite distinctive web searching behaviours & demands of the 'Google Generation' (Kuiper et al. 2008; Nicholas & Rowlands 2008).
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education

URL http://www.ncl.ac.uk/decte/
 
Description 1. This project had a number of demonstratable benefits from the perspectives of society, economy and quality of life. This research has had a range of demonstratable impacts in the educational as well as museum and heritage sectors 2. Academic advances in the fields of computer science and corpus linguistics are especially apparent. The provision of a monitor corpus of spoken dialectal English like DECTE has provided academic advances in both computing science and corpus linguistics. 3. The findings are currently being used via memoranda of understanding to support the SPADE project at Glasgow and the TRSHES project at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.
First Year Of Impact 2010
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Reintegration Grant
Amount € 100,000 (EUR)
Organisation Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country Global
Start 02/2013 
End 01/2017
 
Description Vacation Scholarship Programme
Amount £1,440 (GBP)
Organisation Newcastle University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2011 
End 08/2011
 
Title DECTE 
Description DECTE is an amalgamation of the existing Newcastle Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English (NECTE) created between 2001 and 2005 (http://research.ncl.ac.uk/necte), via an AHRC Resource Enhancement Award, and NECTE2, a collection of interviews conducted in the Tyneside area since 2007. It thereby constitutes a rare example of a publicly available on-line corpus presenting dialect material spanning five decades. The present website is designed for research use. DECTE also, however, includes an interactive website, The Talk of the Toon, which integrates topics and narratives of regional cultural significance in the corpus with relevant still and moving images, and which is designed primarily for use in schools and museums and by the general public. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2012 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact (1) ENROLLER - a cross-searchable database that includes DECTE created by funding from JISC awarded to collaborators at Glasgow University. (2) Several academic papers such as those listed in the publications section. (3) Other publications by scholars who have also been granted access. (4) The co-supervision of a PhD project between Newcastle University and Paris-Diderot which began in October 2014 (Maelle Amand is the PGR student involved and Nicolas Ballier and Karen Corrigan are the joint supervisors). (5) Other Masters and PhD dissertations which utlise the database. (4) Undergraduate courses based on the database at the University of York, Toronto, e.g. 
URL http://research.ncl.ac.uk/decte/
 
Title Talk of the Toon 
Description The Talk of the Toon archive contains text transcriptions and audio files of interviews with a wide variety of people from the North East of England, dating back to the late 1960s. As well as capturing the language and dialect of the region, and the ways in which it has changed through the years, the interviews also offer an insight into the lives and opinions of local people over the last five decades. The Themes page allows you to search the interviews on the basis of seventeen 'topics of conversation' (such as family & relationships, education, and holidays). You can filter your results according to the gender or age of the speakers, or the time period of the interviews. These theme searches will also pick out relevant items from the archive's collection of pictures and video clips sourced from our collaborators, Beamish and the North East Film Archive. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact (1) CPD events for teachers of Advanced Level English Language in the UK (London, Newcastle and Salford). (2) Conferences for 6th Formers studying Advanced Level English Language in the UK. (3) Events for Primary school children at the Discovery Museum. (4) Undergraduate courses and independent projects at Newcastle University and internationally. (4) An Impact Case Study for REF2013. 
URL http://research.ncl.ac.uk/decte/toon/
 
Description Beamish 
Organisation Beamish The Living Museum of the North
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Beamish acted as a collaborating partner on this project.
Start Year 2010
 
Description Discovery Museum 
Organisation Discovery Musuem
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We contributed to their teaching and learning programme by running workshops in their museum for primary schools in the region relating to the topic of the project.
Collaborator Contribution Discovery Museum acted as a collaborating partner on this award providing staff time/resources; facilities and participating in our Advisory Board.
Impact Discovery Museum acted as a collaborating partner on this award providing staff time/resources; facilities and participating in our Advisory Board. They subsequently contributed a testimonial for our Impact Case Study for REF2013.
Start Year 2010
 
Description ENROLLER Project 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The DECTE team contributed by making their data available; pilot-testing the website and participating in the 2 colloquia associated with the project in 2010 and 2011.
Collaborator Contribution The JISC-funded ENROLLER project for which the DECTE team acts as a collaborating partner aimed to provide seamless access to distributed sources of interests to academics in English Language and Literature (http://www.gla.ac.uk/enroller/). The project team at Glasgow have since created such access for DECTE, now making it cross-searchable with other major corpora such as SCOTS and the Oxford English Dictionary.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary and includes input from: English language and linguistics; corpus linguistics; computer science. The main output is the enhanced repository available for users to interact with on the project website.
Start Year 2009
 
Description Encounters Project 
Organisation Durham University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We created a download area for Trevor Wishart's original North East data for his 'Encounters' project.
Collaborator Contribution Between 2006 and 2009, Trevor Wishart (http://www.trevorwishart.co.uk) was the Arts Council of England Composer-in-Residence at Durham University. His 'Encounters' project from this period involved recording the speech of a variety of people in the North East of England. With these recordings he composed an 8-channel surround sound piece in four acts of approximately 20 minutes each. Trevor donated all his original recordings to the project team so that they could be made downloadable from the DECTE project website.
Impact N/A
Start Year 2010
 
Description Federated Resources Initiative 
Organisation University College Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution An initiative to federate resources of spoken corpora was discussed at the 'Corpora Galore' (31/5/2011) and 'Discovering Babel' (24/6/2011) workshops listed as outcomes. It was also discussed in a further meeting with Jean Anderson and John Coleman who attended the launch of the Talk of the Toon website during a Public Lecture (13/1/0/11) also listed as an outcome.
Collaborator Contribution (1) Additional corpus data and (2) Technical knowledge.
Impact N/A
Start Year 2011
 
Description Federated Resources Initiative 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Department English Language
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution An initiative to federate resources of spoken corpora was discussed at the 'Corpora Galore' (31/5/2011) and 'Discovering Babel' (24/6/2011) workshops listed as outcomes. It was also discussed in a further meeting with Jean Anderson and John Coleman who attended the launch of the Talk of the Toon website during a Public Lecture (13/1/0/11) also listed as an outcome.
Collaborator Contribution (1) Additional corpus data and (2) Technical knowledge.
Impact N/A
Start Year 2011
 
Description Gosforth Survey (1975) 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have digitized and uploaded the original Gosforth Syrvey (1975) sound files to our DECTE website.
Collaborator Contribution Prof. Joan Beal of Sheffield University collaborated with the DECTE project team by donating materials relating to the Tyneside dialect (her PhD data collection in Gosforth in 1975) to our digital collection.
Impact Keynote Lecture at "A Sense of Place", University of Sheffield, April 2013. This lecture has subsequently been written up for publication in an edited work by CUP and I am awaiting the outcome of the review process.
Start Year 2010
 
Description Newcastle University and Paris-Diderot 
Organisation Paris Diderot University
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution (1) Provision of archive materials. (2) Co-ordination of links between Maelle Amand (PhD candidate) and teams of researchers associated with the Tyneside Linguisticc Survey and DECTE projects. (3) Co-supervision of Ms. Amand by Corrigan and Mearns.
Collaborator Contribution (1) Development of software and tools to use on the DECTE corpus; (2) Co-supervision of Ms. Amand by Ballier (with Corrigan and Mearns).
Impact (1) Award of PhD funding for Maelle Amand; (2) Collaboration in running a workshop entitled Corpus interoperability and spoken diachronic databases: The NECTE-DECTE Corpora. This was accepted at SLANG18, at ESSE2014 and contained papers by: Amand/Ballier/Martin (Paris-Diderot); Corrigan and Mearns (Newcastle); Le Grézause (Washington) and Salkie (Brighton).
Start Year 2014
 
Description North East Film Archive 
Organisation Northern Region Film and Television Archive
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We digitized images from the NEFA collection and incorporated them in our 'Talk of the Toon' website
Collaborator Contribution The NEFA provided us with moving images for our 'Talk of the Toon' website.
Impact The NEFA provided us with moving images for our 'Talk of the Toon' website.
Start Year 2010
 
Description Speech Across Dialects (SPADE) 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Department MRC - University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The datasets used in the SPADE project are comprised of both Old World (British Isles) and New World (North American) English across an effective time span of over 100 years. Our contribution is allowing access to the include the AHRC-funded DECTE corpus which is an example of a longitudinal Old World (British Isles) corpus.
Collaborator Contribution SPADE is a research collaboration across five British and North American institutions (University of Glasgow, McGill University, North Carolina State University, University of Edinburgh, University of Oregon) and is funded by the Transatlantic Platform (T-AP) Digging into Data Challenge via contributions from the ESRC (UK), AHRC (UK), SSHRC/CRSH (Canada), NSERC/CRSNG (Canada) and the NSF (USA).The project aims to develop and apply user-friendly software for large-scale speech analysis of existing public and private English speech datasets, and to understand how English speech has changed over time and space.
Impact The partnership has not yet resulted in outputs/outcomes since it is still at an early stage. The collaboration is multi-disciplinary since it relies on research in arts, humanities and social sciences as well as in computing.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Stanley Education centre and The Forge 
Organisation The Forge Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution •Our expertise •Intellectual input
Collaborator Contribution •Access to equipment and facilities •Networks of communication amongst members of the public in deprived and disadvantaged areas
Impact Public lecture at the Stanley Education Centre on 14.2.17.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Ulster Folk and Transport Museum Sound Archive 
Organisation Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution I visited UFTM, met with key staff and presented a talk on our plans for the 'Talk of the Toon' website. I also used the opportunity to discuss their holdings in Irish-English and the ways in which we might collaborate on future projects.
Collaborator Contribution The collaboration with UFTM assisted with the development of the Talk of the Toon website on account of their expertise with public engagement activities.
Impact Some of the quizzes and other activities available at the 'Talk of the Toon' website were partly inspired by this collaboration.
Start Year 2008
 
Description 'Digital Tools for Creating and Analysing Corpora'. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 'Digital Tools for Creating and Analysing Corpora'. OWRI (Open World Research Initiative) Postdoctoral Training and Networking Day. It took place at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London on 19th December 2017. 30 Postgraduate students attended the event which was tailored to establishing a new and exciting vision for languages research in response to the challenges and opportunities presented by a globalised research environment and multilingual world. An expected outcome is to demonstrate the strategic importance of language-based research and enhanced language expertise across the arts and humanities and to enhance language based skills.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.languageacts.org/digital-mediations/event/owri-postdoctoral-training-and-network-day/
 
Description A Hundred Years of Tyneside History in Words, Sounds and Pictures: The Talk of the Toon Corpus 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This public letcure was in a series of events that took place at Newcastle City Library (http://community.newcastle.gov.uk/libraries/evolving-english-in-the-north-east/evolving-english-events-programme/) in conjunction with the British Library's "Evolving English" exhibition in the regions (http://www.bl.uk/evolvingenglish/maplisten.html).

The British Library held regional events in connection with their "Evolving Englishes" exhibition (http://www.bl.uk/evolvingenglish/maplisten.html). Newcastle City Library was chosen as a venue for these activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://community.newcastle.gov.uk/libraries/evolving-english-in-the-north-east/evolving-english-even...
 
Description A Linguistic Time-Capsule for the Google Generation: The Diachronic Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A Presentation in the Linguistics Speaker Series of the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University

This talk showcased the DECTE and Talk of the Toon websites and demonstrated the computing techniques that were used in their creation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Aspects of Identity Construction and Language in the British Isles 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Isabelle Buchstaller ran a Continuing Professional Development Session on "Aspects of Identity Construction and Language
in the British Isles" for Saxonian high school teachers on November 2nd, 2015. The event was well attended and gave rise to interesting discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Contemporary Language Change 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Presentation by Isabelle Buchstaller and Adam Mearnsfor the A-Level English Language Conference, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University. 24th March 2015. A2 Strand. The schools reported increased interest in Advanced Level English language.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Continuing Professional Development for Secondary Teachers in Leipzig 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A workshop called "Linguistic identity and ideology: A view from the North East of England" was given by Prof. I. Buchstaller for secondary school teachers in Leipzig on 2nd November 2015. The teachers reported increased interest in the North East dialect and in using the DECTE database as a tool for teaching and learning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Creating and Digitizing Language Corpora for Research and Public Engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This workshop took place at the University of Bern, Switzerland on 20th December 2017 and drew on the experiences of the DECTE team, our collaborators and students to discuss some of the challenges we have faced, in relation to four broad themes:
(1) Corpus Construction: What are the gold standards for conducting an ethically sound sociolinguistic interview and what best practices are there for transcribing and processing this kind of linguistic data?
(2) Sustainability: How can we ensure that corpus resources developed in academic environments, supported by public funding bodies, are 'future-proofed' so that the investment in them is not wasted?
(3) Research Value: How can we ensure that the research effort to create DECTE is capitalized on by us and other researchers in answering important research questions?
(4) Relevance: How can we take the results of our academic work beyond Higher Education to schools, museums and the public, in order to achieve the widest possible impact? The audience was very engaged in the workshop and its contents drew a lot of questions and debate exactly as it was intended. Audience reported increased confidence in developing their own corpora and in knowing how to apply them for best research value and future proof them longer term.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DECTE and the Talk of the Toon 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact This was a seminar for visiting A-Level students and their teachers from Morley, West Yorkshire.

A former BA in English Language student at Newcastle (Anna Kirkbride) who contributed to NECTE2 and is now a secondary school teacher of English Language Advanced level was keen to provide a University taster sessions for her students from Morley, West Yo
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description English Language A Level Conference: A2 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Sixth form conference for A2 level students and their teachers.

This conference was aimed at A2 level students of English Language and their teachers. Topics included: "Language Acquisition"; "Historical Change": "Undergraduate Life"; "Contemporary Change"; "Maximizing Your Marks".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description English Language A Level Conference: AS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact English Language Conference for AS level 6th formers and their teachers

This conference was aimed at AS English Language students and their teachers. It covered topics like: "Studying Language"; "Power, Persuasion and the Press"; "DECTE and the Talk of the Toon"; "Language and Gender"; "Maximizing Your Marks".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description English Language: Accents and Dialects 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact English Language & Linguistics Subject Session for Y11 students.

Newcastle and Northumbria University Year 11 Masterclass Programme.

English Language & Linguistics Subject Session for Y11 students. Newcastle and Northumbria University Year 11 Masterclass Programme. Pupils were introduced to DECTE and the corpus was used to highlight notions relevant to the National Curriculum.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Everything You Always Wanted To Know About English Language But Were Afraid To Ask... 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation workshop facilitator
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Consultations with A-Level teachers about the form and functionality of the Talk of the Toon website combined with A-Level English Language Teachers' Continuing Professional Development Day.

(i) Consultations with A-Level teachers about the form and functionality of the Talk of the Toon website; (ii)

A-Level English Language Teachers' Continuing Professional Development talks.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Exploring The Talk of the Toon: investigating language with a new electronic corpus of local interviews 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact This was a computing workshop for A-Level students and their teachers.

This workshop was geared towards students taking Advanced Level English Language who are required to complete a language investigation. We demonstrated how the new Talk of the Toon website can be harnessed to undertake linguistic analyses of various kinds
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Getting Down to Brass Tacks: Methodological Tools for Creating and Digitizing Spoken Corpora 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This workshop took place at the University of Extremadura, Spain on 15th May 2017 and drew on the experiences of the DECTE team, our collaborators and students to discuss some of the challenges we have faced, in relation to four broad themes: (1) Corpus Construction: What are the gold standards for conducting an ethically sound sociolinguistic interview and what best practices are there for transcribing and processing this kind of linguistic data? (2) Sustainability: How can we ensure that corpus resources developed in academic environments, supported by public funding bodies, are 'future-proofed' so that the investment in them is not wasted? (3) Research Value: How can we ensure that the research effort to create DECTE is capitalized on by us and other researchers in answering important research questions? (4) Relevance: How can we take the results of our academic work beyond Higher Education to schools, museums and the public, in order to achieve the widest possible impact? The audience was very engaged in the workshop and its contents drew a lot of questions and debate exactly as it was intended. Audience reported increased confidence in developing their own corpora and in knowing how to apply them for best research value and future proof them longer term.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Language and Social Contexts 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Presentation by Isabelle Buchstaller and Adam Mearns for the A-Level English Language Conference, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University. 24th March 2015. AS Strand. The schools reported increased interest in English Language Advanced level options.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Launching the Talk of the Toon Booklet 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This event launched the Talk of the Toon Booklet and CD-Rom

This event launched the Talk of the Toon booklet and CD-ROM which is a digest of the Talk of the Toon website targetted at audiences who are not computer literate. It is intended to be sold in local museums and galleries as well as local bookshops.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description New North East Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On Monday 13th July 2015 the Department of Culture (Faculty of Education and Society, University of Sunderland) hosted a one-day symposium focused on our region entitled 'The New North East'. This interdisciplinary gathering brought together scholars and practitioners working in the field of 'cultural studies' (broadly understood to include history, literature, linguistics, visual arts and media studies). The forum will allowed participants to share developments in their disciplines, especially those which have opened up new avenues of research and/or shed new light on more traditional objects of enquiry in the study of North East England and North East Englishness. The exciting range of talks attracted interest from academics, students and members of the public from across the region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://wp.sunderland.ac.uk/northeastnetwork/2014/11/18/one-day-symposium-the-new-north-east/
 
Description North East and other Dialects: Accents and Vocabulary 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A Workshop using the corpus for an English Language & Linguistics Subject Session for A-Level (AS) students at Newcastle University's 'Bitesize Uni' event.

Bitesize Uni (BSU) is for year 12/1st year college students from PARTNERS schools and colleges and is free to. Bitesize Uni provides disadvantaged students with the information that they need in order to: make an informed decision about whether or not the
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Partners Assessed Summer School: DECTE 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact DECTE material used for subject sessions and assessment topic. Assessed Summer School (PARTNERS Programme Supported Entry Route for Newcastle University applicants).

The PARTNERS Assessed Summer School gives disadvantaged students the confidence to make the transition from school/college to university, and enables them to demonstrate their academic potential (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/partners/support/summerschool/). It in
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Sharing Digital Dialect Data with Silver Surfers and the Google Generation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact A poster presentation and radio programme/podcast based on DECTE/Talk of the Toon in connection with a Newcastle University Vacation Scholarship project supervised by the DECTE team.

The vacation scholarship scheme encourages very able undergraduates in their penultimate year to consider a PG career by embarking on an independent research project closely supervised by research staff. Alexander Docherty, a BA Linguistics undergraduate, was successful and won a prize at the final competition. He has since gone on to successfully complete his B.A. and M.A. degrees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Stanley Education Centre Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 20 people attended a lecture by Prof. Karen Corrigan and Drs Adam Mearns and Alex Niven of the School of English, Newcastle UNiversity at Stanley Education Centre. It focused on the rich linguistic and literary heritage of the North East of England. There is a general perception in the rest of the British Isles that the North East is synonymous with 'Geordie', and that one dialect speaker from the area will therefore sound pretty much like another, no matter which part of the region they're from. Fortunately, the North East has been the focus of quite a lot of dialect research that shows how wrong this is, identifying some of the language features that distinguish different parts of the region. In this talk we discussed some of these differences. We also explored how other parts of the region, such as the border areas of northern Durham, seem to show a mix of features. Having thought a bit about the language, we then considered the ways in which leading local poets, like Tommy Armstrong and Basil Bunting, used the distinctive voice of their region to depict so vividly life in the North East. The talk went down really well and there was a lot of lively discussion and debate. Subsequent reports from The Stanley Education Centre suggest that the event really got people thinking about the relationship between dialect and literary works of the region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Teaching the Google Generation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Oral Presentations and Demonstration to 3 Workshops for Teachers of Advanced Level English Language

These workshops (18/4 (Salford); 4/7 (QMUL); 8/12 (Newcastle)) aimed at disseminating to English Language teachers the insights obtained from scholarly research into language variation and change, and providing teachers with an overview of databanks and research tools.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description The Diachronic Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact A 'show and tell' input on DECTE was delivered at a workshop on 'How to make your language resources discoverable'.

A workshop on 'How to make your language resources discoverable' was held at OUCS, as part of the JISC-funded "Discovering Babel" project. We provided a session on DECTE and one of the co-investigators, Dr. Hermann Moisl, also participated in a debate foc
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description The Diachronic Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English: A Web-Based Record of Geordie 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A session to showcase the corpus was run in conjunction with Newcastle University's 54th Convocation Weekend.

Over 300 graduates and guests returned to Newcastle University campus on 17-18 June 2011 for the annual alumni reunion, Convocation Weekend, incorporating the 54th meeting of Convocation (the statutory body which enables alumni to have a say in how the University is run).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description The Talk of the Toon CD/Booklet at Leipzig Book Fair 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The Talk of the Toon Booklet/CD was exhibited at the Leipziger Buchmesse (Leipzig Book Fair).

The Talk of the Toon CD and Booklet was exhbited at Leipziger Buchmesse (http://www.leipziger-buchmesse.de/). The Leipzig Book Fair is the most important spring meeting place for the publishing and media sector and has evolved into an attractive hallmark event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.leipziger-buchmesse.de
 
Description The Talk of the Toon and the Diachronic Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact An event for a group of visiting students and faculty from the University of Iowa.

The University of Iowa ran a summer course at University College London. It was taught by Prof. Ringen from Iowa and staff from UCL, including Prof. John Harris who recommended their coming to Newcastle for a field trip and a session from us on the Talk of the Toon website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description The Talk of the Toon: A Linguistic Time-capsule for the Google Generation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was a Public Lecture in Newcastle University's INSIGHTS Public Lecture Series.

The aim of INSIGHTS is to offer a programme that will inform, stimulate, entertain, and excite public debate (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/events/public-lectures/). Lectures cover a wide range of disciplines and frequently include key contemporary issues. Our lec
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.ncl.ac.uk/events/public-lectures/item.php?the-talk-of-the-toon-a-linguistic-time-capsule
 
Description The Talk of the Toon: A Public Lecture on the Diachronic Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A public lecture given at the 44th Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering Festival (http://www.northumbriana.org.uk/gathering/index.htm)

The Northumbrian Gathering festival includes competitions in local crafts, performance and writing. Events of local interest create a programme that incorporates concerts, singarounds, barn dance, storytelling, theatre and street performance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description The Talk of the Toon: Discovery Workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Four workshops with primary school children (KS2) and their teachers.

This was an interactive workshop and included a dialect poetry competition (with book-token prize), word games, role-playing, and object handling from the Museum's diverse collection. The workshops supported teaching and learning in a range of areas relevant to the National Curriculum.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description The Talk of the Toon: Teaching and Learning Applications, April 2014, Paris-Diderot 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The talk generated much discussion about the possibilities of using the DECTE corpus in secondary and university settings.

After the talk, we agreed to support a promising MA student (Ms. Maelle Amand) in an application for PhD funding, which she received in Summer 2014. This will enable her to investigate the DECTE corpus from historical and socio-phonetic perspectives over the next three years with Karen Corrigan (Newcastle) and Nicolas Ballier (Paris-Diderot) as supervisors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description The Talk of the Toon: The Diachronic Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Presented at the Vitae Yorkshire and North East Hub Public Engagement Competition (Pecha Kucha), Durham Town Hall, 6th April 2011.

Pecha Kucha Presentation on the project at the 6th Vitae Yorkshire and North East Hub Public Engagement Competition: Communicating to the Public, Durham Town Hall (see: http://www.vitae.ac.uk/policy-practice/375-373031/Another-successful-Public-Engagement
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Varieties of North-East English 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Input on DECTE to a meeting at Newcastle University of the EU-Speak project participants (i.e. European Speakers of Other Languages: Teaching Adult Immigrants; Training their Teachers).

This input was given in connection with Grundvtig project funding awarded to Dr Martha Young-Scholten (Newcastle University) and Yvonne Ritchie (WEA). Given that language and culture are elements of the partner visits at each institution/country involved,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description You know, I haven't got much faith in politics": Politics and Religion in the Diachronic Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation on the themes of politics and religion in DECTE at the 'Language, Politics and Religion Symposium',

Lancaster University.

This invitiation-only symposium was organised by Prof. Tony McEnery. It aimed to provide an opportunity for linguists to outline work they are doing in this area to an interdisciplinary audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011